The night started out as almost any summer night here by the lake. My wife and I were watching TV in bed, it was about 12:30am. We heard a loud crash, my wife figured it was nothing, I got up to investigate. About 3 minutes later my son called us and said call 911, theres been an accident. My wife ran out in her PJ's and flip-flops looking for the problem. Since my son didnt tell me what/were/how I couldnt call 911. My son drive into our cottage driveway and told me it was a boating accident. we called 911, but the incident was already called in. About 300 yards from our house down a bend it appears that a highspeed boat smacked into a fishing boat, then went airborne crashed into the water, ripping the boat apart. They got the boat to the dock, and took out one of thee occupants. My wife ran down onto the dock, assessed the situation and starting CPR. She instructed the other Medics to get an Ambou bag , Airtway and some oxygen. She started CPR and Mouth to Mouth recitation. My son assisted her, while 4 medics watch, and were trying to get their surgical gloves on. My wife has about 30 years experience working in ER's, Dealing with trauma situations, etc. She pretty much determined that this young man was gone, but medically, you keep trying especially when they are that young. I was at the far end of the dock, just keeping people from getting in the way. My wife was pretty much full of blood. every time she did the Mouth to Mouth, blood would be gushing out of this mans ears. After about 30 minutes, they gave up. The other boater had to be extracted and by that time, other medical personnel had arrived at the scene to help. witnesses stated that there were 3 men in that boat when it left the bar/restaurant. But only two were found, so we had to assume the third person was thrown out of the boat. The shore police start to use a dragnet to see if they could find another body. After about an hour and a half, the rest of the Fire/Police/Shore Patrol/Medics were on site so that my wife's services were no longer needed.
I am so proud of my wife. First in her line of work, patients always come first. And for her to direct these other Fire/Police Medics on what to do was really something to watch. When she walked up the dock, her PJ's pretty much covered in blood, blood on her face and in her hair. What scared me the most is that my wife is just recovering from colon surgery three weeks ago and was told to do only light activities. She is fine, but knowing that she put herself at risk to try to save another human being was something quite amazing to see.
We dont know the details on how/what/why things happened, we dont even know how many boats were involved or how many people were suppose to be in each boat. Thats something the police will have to iron out.
When I think at times I solve a major problem at work on a computer environment, and then look at what my wife just did, you really cant compare Life vs Money.
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences